Albany, Muenster ready for clash of unbeatens in regional final


ALBANY, Texas - Of the three Big Country teams still alive in the high school football playoffs, Albany has been the most impressive.

While Comanche has only lost one game, and Strawn is also unbeaten, the Lions haven't had an opponent come within 26 points of victory.

But on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Iowa Park's Hawk Stadium, in the fourth round of the Class 2A Division II playoffs, Albany will face a foe that is on their level.

On Monday's edition of the Texas Football Today podcast from Dave Campbell's Texas Football, hosts Greg Tepper and Max Thompson remarked on their excitement for the match-up between Albany and Muenster.

"We had that one circled probably week of the season," Thompson said. "These two are going to play each other, and it's going to be awesome."

Both the Lions and Hornets are 13-0, and have been equally dominant this season. Muenster's closest game has been a 34-point win, which they've done twice this year. The first was against Class 3A Division I school Howe, and the second came last week in Muenster's 41-7 win against Munday.

Friday's game will also be a battle of spectacular quarterbacks. Albany senior Brian Hamilton has thrown 49 touchdowns to just two interceptions this year, while Muenster junior Parker McGrew has 35 passing TDs and only one interception.

"He's probably the best quarterback we're going to see," Albany senior Parker Moon said about McGrew.

The one thing that could aid both defenses is that they face their respective quarterback in practice every day.

"That helps us a lot, getting to see Brian [Hamilton]," said Moon. "Brian throws very accurately. He runs the ball good. I don't think we're going to have anything that much different, except it's a different player."

"We know what it's like to have a good quarterback, and we know just how much that can change the game," Albany senior Nolan Davis said. "So, we know exactly how we need to shut that down."

The match-up will be a rematch of sorts. Albany and Muenster met on the baseball diamond in June at the Class 2A state tournament.

Hamilton and McGrew were the starting pitchers in the Hornets' 1-0 extra-innings win in the state semi-finals.

Both threw fantastic games, with Hamilton pitching 7 shutout innings. Muenster went on to win the state baseball championship.

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